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Nepal earthquake: aid offers pour in as death toll climbs by the minute

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By Joanna Gill  with Reuters, AFP
Nepal earthquake: aid offers pour in as death toll climbs by the minute

<p>In Kathmandu, residents bedded down for the night in make-shift outdoor shelters after a devastating earthquake rocked Nepal on Saturday. </p> <p>Afraid to return home, people preferred to brave the freezing temperatures.</p> <p>“We are hearing rumours that other bigger earthquakes are expected to happen. We are sleeping here, so we can stay safe and quickly run to safety if needed,” explained Rabindra Shresth, a local resident displaced by the earthquake.</p> <p>One new tremor felt in Nepal and India had a magnitude of 6.7, according to the US Geological Survey.</p> <p>A new avalanche has also been triggered near Mount Everest.</p> <p>The death toll climbs with every passing hour since the 7.9 magnitude quake struck, and it currently stands at more than 2,000.</p> <p>An untold number of people have been injured.</p> <p>With many people still trapped under rubble, there are fears the death toll will climb.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Crowds gather as a handful of rescuers dig through rubble of collapsed residential building by hand <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NepalQuake?src=hash">#NepalQuake</a> <a href="http://t.co/dxi3XC58o5">pic.twitter.com/dxi3XC58o5</a></p>— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) <a href="https://twitter.com/siobhanheanue/status/592017512868356096">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 18 people as it swept through a base camp for climbers. </p> <p>Thirty-six fatalities were reported in India, which is now coordinating a disaster response to help neighbouring Nepal.</p> <p>India’s Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, said: “Once we have a damage assessment, which we hope to have done overnight, by tomorrow our endeavour would be to have five helicopters positioned in Kathmandu and five helicopters positioned in Pokhara.</p> <p>“Their role would be to do the local rescue, to do airlifting if they have to and to do food distribution locally.” </p> <p>The US is providing one million dollars in immediate assistance to Nepal, and China is also sending an emergency team. </p> <p>International aid groups are rushing to reach victims in rural villages after communications were cut off by the quake.</p> <p>Google has launched a <a href="http://google.org/personfinder/2015-nepal-earthquake">People Finder</a> search for those looking to check on loved ones.</p> <p>The historic Dharahara Tower in Nepal’s capital has been reduced to a stump. Built in 1832, what was a 14-storey structure is now unrecognisable. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I took these photos an hour apart. Was wandering when quake demolished temples before my eyes. Heartbreaking. <a href="http://t.co/RYtIZI4725">pic.twitter.com/RYtIZI4725</a></p>— Siobhan Heanue (@siobhanheanue) <a href="https://twitter.com/siobhanheanue/status/591912353513349120">April 25, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Nepal’s worst earthquake in 1934 killed more than 8,500 people.</p>